Unsolicited Advice Can Destroy Relationships

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There are three distinct categories of advice:

  1. Unsolicited advice;
  1. Solicited advice from those seeking your expertise; and
  1. Solicited advice from those who simply want you to listen.

Of the three, offering unsolicited advice has the highest potential to destroy the trust between you and your client.

I appreciate the irony. I’m providing unsolicited advice on the danger of giving unsolicited advice.

Offering opinions and recommendations

When you see issues within your expertise, like clients whose spending will jeopardize their retirement goals, it’s always appropriate to offer your advice, whether solicited or otherwise. The trouble begins when the unsolicited advice reflects a view outside your expertise.